“Barbie” star and lead producer Margot Robbie revealed she was “mortified” by the viral set photos of her character dressed up alongside co-star Ryan Gosling, who plays Ken. During “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Robbie opened up about the leaked production photos while promoting David O. Russell’s “Amsterdam.”
“I can’t tell you how much fun we were, by the way,” Robbie said. “We look like we’re laughing and having fun, but we’re dying inside. Dying. I was like, this is the most humbling moment of my life.”
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Host Jimmy Fallon asked Robbie if she realized the “Barbie” photos would be shared on the internet when they were released.
“It’s not!” Robbie said. “I mean, I knew we had some exteriors to shoot in L.A. I knew, okay, when you’re doing the exteriors, you’re going to get worse. There will probably be a small crowd of people who will stand out, because, you know, we stand out a little in those outfits. So I knew there would be a bit of care to be taken, and probably some photos would turn out there, but not like this. It was like madness. It was like hundreds of people watching.”
“Barbie,” written and directed by Greta Gerwig, follows the titular doll Robbie as she leaves Barbieland and enters the real world. Along with those leaked paparazzi photos, Gosling and Ken were taped screaming after Barbie slapped a man who grabbed her behind while filming the role. Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran created the neon ’90s ensembles that splashed the internet.
Durran teamed up again with writer/director Gerwig after collaborating on the costumes for “Little Women,” for which Durran won her second Academy Award (her first was for “Anna Karenina” ).
And while Robbie was “dying” on the inside during the highly publicized production, Gosling joked that his character Ken is taking that pain literally: In short, Ken is struggle. Turns out it’s not all fun and games in the Barbie Dream World.
“I think Ken’s life is even harder than ‘Gray Man’ life,” Gosling previously told Entertainment Tonight while promoting his Netflix spy caper. “Ken has no money, no job, no car, no house. He’s going through some things.”
Don’t think you know anything about “Barbie,” though. “It’s not what you think,” said Gosling, ever the enigma. “And then you know what it is, but I don’t think it’s what you think it is. Wait, what are we talking about?”
Production on “Barbie” wrapped in July 2022, with the film set for a July 2023 release date. For all the details on “Barbie,” click here.
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